Council hopefuls invited to information session

People interested in running for Invercargill City Council are invited to an information session next week to find out what’s involved in the job.

The Local Government election to elect 12 Councillors and the Mayor for Invercargill city will take place in October this year. The Council’s candidate information session is on Wednesday 22 June at 5.30pm in the Drawing Room at the Civic Theatre.

Invercargill City Council Deputy Electoral Officer Michael Morris said anyone who wanted to learn more about becoming a candidate for Council in the upcoming election should attend.

“This will be an opportunity for people to come along and hear about the processes involved in running for local government,” Morris said.

This session will be hosted by Morris and Council Electoral Officer Anthony Morton, who will be joined by staff members from Southland District Council.

People will be able to learn what is needed to do to be a candidate and includes practical advice on how to get a nomination form in, what documents are needed, where to go to do this and advice on things like where people can place campaign signs. Information will be relevant to those standing for the Invercargill City Council, Invercargill Licensing Trust and Environment Southland.

This event follows a series of livestreamed events in March and April that brought together a diverse range of elected members to talk about their experiences on Councils and community boards throughout Aotearoa.

These events are part of the wider Vote Murihiku 2022 campaign, aimed at helping people understand how important their voices are at election time, Morris said.

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